Pilsner Urquell - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
3.95/5 rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
After procuring a 6 pack of Pilsner Urquell in the new "cold shipped" packaging, I have to say it's actually done a good job of preventing skunkiness. The skunk on the aroma has been replaced with mild diacetyl, crackery malt, and zesty hops - not fantastic, but miles better than the lightstruck aroma that plagued my other (single) bottle. The drinkability factor is still there, though admittedly my bottle seems to be low on hops. I'm upping scores all around; without a doubt this is the best macro lager in the business.
12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a perfectly clear golden straw color. The head is a fluffy two finger white color with surprising retention (for a macro lager). Good lacing, too.
S: AARGH LIGHTSTRUCK!!! Beneath the unfortunate skunk in the aroma, there lies simple pale malts and zesty noble hoppiness.
T: Thank smeg the flavor is a massive improvement. Initially, some fruity esters greet the palate, before the zesty, refreshing finish...AND IT'S GONE! Holy shit, did I finish the beer that quickly? It's hardly BCBS, but as far as simple macro-brewed lagers go, this one's the best in the business.
M: The palate feel seems perfectly tailored to provide crisp refreshment. There's this real sense of subtle delicacy that separates this not only from the BMC stalwarts, but numerous craft lagers as well. The bitter aftertaste is fantastic for what this beer is trying to accomplish.
O: A damn shame about the skunky nose - luckily the rest of the beer easily compensates by offering everything you could want in a proper pilsner. Could be a go to for me in cans/on tap.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2013 20:15:30 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.8/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station. I've had this one from the bottle and have not been impressed in the slightest, but I've gotten a huge contrast between bottle and tap on another similar-style beer, Bitburger, so I had to see if the tap would again vindicate the beer. Served in a classic 16 oz pilsner glass with a flared contour.
Appearance - A brassy golden body is pretty much the defining feature of this beer. The slight, one-finger head of stark white fades away immediately--it's gone before they can even bring it to my seat at the bar from the tap two feet away. No lacing whatsoever. The body does have some tracers in it, reminiscent of how it looks when you pour oil into water. So far, not particularly impressed, but I'm a huge fan of big rocky heads and messy lacing.
Smell - Strong notes of grain and cracker, with some fainter, but present characteristic of grass and even a slight hint of lemon zest. but make no mistake, the grain is the star of this beer. Interestingly enough, the bottle version is also malt-dominant, but it's not pleasant in the slightest. It tastes off and muddled--you don't get a clear sense of the grain characteristics like you do on tap.
Taste - This is where the beer shines the most. A great, well-defined biscuit and whole-grain cracker element is at the forefront, with some notes of fresh corn tortilla coming through in subsequent drinks of the beer. As with the smell, there is an herbal, grassy bitterness present, and here it is a bit more present than the smell. Provides just enough counterpoint to the grain dominance that it doesn't feel one-note.
Mouthfeel - Crisp and clean, with just enough carbonation to provide some bite to the feel on my tongue. Light bodied and easy drinking.
Overall, a great take on the style and one that again is night and day between the bottle and tap versions. It's amazing how much cleaner and more distinct the flavor profiles are on the tapped version versus the bottle. I've seriously opened bottles of this that I couldn't finish. That was far from the case with the taste of it on tap.
Serving type: on-tap
02-27-2014 22:50:43 | More by LambicPentameter
3.25/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
a-honey golden in colour
s-slightly sweet, hints of a non-citrus hop
t-bitterness and body come through, strong flavour for a 4.4 abv beer
m-thick body for a pilsner and only lightly carbonated
o-the original pilsner, benchmark for all other pilsners
Serving type: can
02-27-2014 00:19:59 | More by h20mbh
3.49/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12oz into pint
Light hay color, ok head after an aggressive poor.
Sweet malt, lemon grass.
Follows the aroma. Crisp and light with some soft hop bitterness. Refreshing to say the least. Some soft funk goin on.
Clean and lively on the palate. Nice dry finish. This is nice.
A classic in its own respect. This beers has been enjoyed by me, and many others.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2014 07:04:39 | More by Beermasterjarrett
Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
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